Soule’s side playing a waiting game

Roy Soule, manager of New Mills AFC.
Roy Soule, manager of New Mills AFC.

New Mills’ wait to return to the field was extended yet again last week, as their proposed trip to Northwich Victoria fell victim to the weather.

The Valley Road pitch was declared unplayable following a morning inspection after a heavy downpour in the 24 hours leading up to the game.

Only four matches were staged in the Evo-Stik First Division North because of the wet weather.

Roy Soule’s side, who haven’t played since the 2-1 defeat away at Farsley on January 11, are due to host Bamber Bridge this weekend.

However, much will depend on the forecast as the Millers bid to stage a first game at Church Lane since Boxing Day.

They are still seven points above the relegation zone but have as many as seven matches in hand on the sides around them in the table.

Despite the recent inactivity caused by the weather, the first team squad has seen a number of changes in the past week.

Goalkeeper David Stevenson has rejoined the club to cover for the absence of regular stopper Peter Collinge, who underwent an emergency operation to remove his appendix last week.

Also on the goalkeeping front, Ryan Pugh has re-registered for the Millers following a temporary spell at Ossett Albion over the festive period.

Elsewhere, there have also been departures from Church Lane, with Chris Baguley returning to Premier Division outfit Ashton United as agreed following a month’s loan to help regain his fitness after a long term injury.

Joining him at Ashton is defender Aaron Chalmers.

Meanwhile, the League have announced a change of opponents for the fixture taking place on Saturday February 22, with Prescot Cables the visitors, instead of Mossley.

• New Mills Reserves saw their proposed Derbyshire Divisional Cup semi-final with Bradwell waterlogged off last weekend. The tie will be replayed this Saturday (1.15pm).